North Carolina vote challenges chronicled

In his Sept. 6 letter in the Times, Bill Fraser wrote that he doubts the GOP assault on voting rights.

Citing a lack of actual evidence in a previous letter that asserted voting rights are under attack in some states, Fraser wrote: "If this were true, most Americans would be ... undoubtedly outraged."

As a matter of fact, election boards in North Carolina are systemically targeting students at historically black colleges, aiming to make voting more difficult. Evidence of this vote-suppression effort is readily found through an online search, using key words, "Elizabeth City State College" and "Appalachian State College," combined with "vote challenge." Prepare to be outraged.

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Louise Specht

Berkeley

Affordable Care Act and the GOP strategy

Many Republicans in Congress are saying that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, will be a failure and are threatening to shut down the government if they can't defund it.

If Republicans are so sure Obamacare will be a failure, why don't they let it go through and fail? Then they could say, "See, I told you so," and leave Democrats holding the bag, so to speak.


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Could it be true, as some have suggested, that the real fear of the political right is not that the Affordable Care Act will fail, but that it will succeed?

Frank Grygus

San Ramon

Captain America's misplaced ideals

On Sept. 11, some of us gathered for moments of silence and other events to honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Their names were read aloud and first responders who saved lives and lost theirs were acknowledged.

So, imagine our surprise when we drove down Ygnacio Valley Road and were subjected to the image of some fool giving a civics lesson to his kids, dressed as Captain America, and waving a flag next to an "Impeach Obama" banner!

The reason Sept. 11 is a sad day in history has nothing to do with President Obama. On Aug. 6, 2001, then-President George W. Bush ignored a briefing headlined, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." Then Bush went on the longest presidential vacation ever taken.

As he ended his vacation, Osama bin Laden struck America. After more than $1 trillion spent on the destruction in the wrong country, and America's financial near-collapse, Bush left office.

Obama is getting us out of the wars Bush got us into. He is avoiding spending another $100 billion in Syria -- and yet the drumbeat continues for the impeachment of Obama. Wrong guy.

Bad civics lesson, Captain.

Sam Van Zandt

Walnut Creek

Save everyone from Obamacare

Conservatives have been saying for years that Obamacare is bad for everyone's health. However, when labor unions and the federal government reject the bill's provisions, you know it's a disaster.

Congressional staffers are exempt from the new health care law's higher costs. Labor thinks it will destroy the 40-hour workweek, and uncertainty about the law's adverse effects has businesses taking defensive postures and putting plans on hold. Obamacare is already forcing people off their current health plans.

If members of Congress are allowed an exemption from this regulatory nightmare, why aren't we? If the law isn't good enough for Big Business, Big Labor, or Big Government, then it isn't good enough for the American people.

Given how the IRS doesn't want the responsibility for keeping tabs on those who don't have health care and having to fine them, its about time to defund Obamacare.

Sandra Stokes

Antioch

Stand up for the public's welfare

Gov. Jerry Brown says, and Judge Curtis Karnow agrees, that a BART strike would cause "significant harm to the public's health, safety and welfare."

It seems to me the threat to the public will exist from any future BART strike -- be it in 60 days, 60 months, or 60 years.

Why can't our governor and legislators, of both parties, get together and legislate a permanent injunction against a BART strike? Stand up for the public's health, safety and welfare and not the unions' pocketbook.

John Gegner

Orinda